Vedic practices recommend fasting on the 11th day of lunar cycle, ekadasi. On this day, our mind draws more energy compared to any other organ in the body. This is done every fortnight.
On the 12th day of the lunar cycle, dwadasi – we break the fast before sun rise. On this day, our heart draws more energy than any other organ in the body. Therefore, we eat a proper meal giving it a boost!
This practice lets the heart dominate our actions. This should ultimately make the person a peace-loving being, maintaining harmony in society.
Vedic practices also talk about fasting on an annual basis during dhanurmasam – December 15th to January 14th! Muslims also observe fasting for around a month during Ramadan. This is interesting! Probably, our ancestors advised this for all of us because they knew the importance of a softer heart!
Instead of being softer towards every being, we feel superior to them. We over utilise and misuse the nature beyond our needs.